China’s population decline looks set to continue despite the possibility of a traditional Dragon-Year “baby bump” and signs of a post-pandemic uptick in marriage rates after nine successive years of decline. A recent report from...
Jan 24, 2023
Last week, the Chinese government announced that the country’s population had declined for the first time in decades, setting off a cacophony of alarm bells among those concerned about China’s demographic destiny. Chinese women,...
Jul 29, 2022
Last week, China’s National Health Commission admitted that the country is expecting negative population growth over the next few years. Declining birth rates across several provinces this year suggest that China’s population...
Jan 20, 2021
A gossipy breakup scandal became an internet-wide debate about the morality of surrogacy after it was revealed that a former celebrity couple secretly begat children through surrogacy in the United States. Producer Zhang Heng...
Mar 26, 2013
Beijing law enforcement officials on Monday shut down a clinic for illegally conducting in-vitro fertilisation and surrogacy services, according to the South China Morning Post: An official investigation into the illegal clinic...
Sep 25, 2012
Stories of Chinese mothers travelling to the U.S. to give birth have become familiar. Global Times’ Xuyang Jingjing, though, describes a growing trend of Chinese couples seeking American surrogate mothers. The...
Jan 15, 2011
While Amy Chua has ignited a storm of opinion in the U.S. over her op-ed, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” the response inside CHina itself has been mixed, China Real Time blog reports: …Many in China,...
Feb 22, 2009
Many Chinese teenagers are sent to a military compound in Beijing by their parents to detox from an Internet obsession, from Time: Even though it was just before Lunar New Year–the most important family holiday on the...
Sep 24, 2008
The Wall Street Journal reports on the rise of the use of wet nurses as parents shun milk powder for their babies in the wake of the contamination crisis: As Chinese parents panic about the tainted milk — which authorities...
Apr 5, 2008
Howard French examines what it’s like to be a single mother in China. From the International Herald Tribune: In a society where until quite recently premarital sex was often punished, the issue of single motherhood has...
Feb 28, 2008
Most kids aren’t learning about sex from their parents, according to a report released Wednesday. The All-China Women’s Federation polled 5,000 students aged six to 17 and 6,500 parents about how they communicating about sex, a...
Sep 2, 2007
Dalian News reports a short story about a lonely couple paying their grown children to visit them: A lonely retired couple of Dalian, Liaoning Province, have decided to pay their three grown children a “salary” to visit them every weekend. Lin and his wife, who are in their late 60s, live a comfortable life on […]
Feb 1, 2007
From Raymond Zhou Blog: Winter vacation is around the corner, and a management school at Zhengzhou University has given one special assignment to students happily going home to celebrate Spring Festival: perform a kowtow to their parents. The students are generally not pleased, according to media reports. The school explained that kowtowing is the highest […]
Dec 27, 2006
From Chinanews: 2007 is the Year of the Pig in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, and also, that year belongs to “gold” according to the five-element theory. There is only one “Gold Pig”year in every 60 years, and it is believed that a person born in the “Gold Pig”year will be blessed with great fortune […]
Jun 7, 2006
From Xinhua News Agency: Guo Yusen braved the muggy weather on Tuesday morning in Beijing to visit the exam hall where his son will sit for the national college entrance exams that begin tomorrow. “I just want to get familiar with the route and surroundings to ensure there are no problems when I escort my […]
Apr 23, 2006
From Xinhua News Agency (link): Instead of exercising in parks or shopping in wet markets, some senior parents in Yangpu District in Shanghai have a different routine every morning – they line up at a bus terminal so that their children can sleep longer and still get a bus seat to school. Some call it […]
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